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    Handicapping the new fall TV season

    From Campaign US: With less than one month to go before the official start of the new broadcast television season (mark your calendars for Monday, Sept. 19), it is time to handicap the new fall entries. My picks are based on a combination of factors, including the network, time period, competition, lead-in, critical acclaim, social […]

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    The Best and Worst of TV, 2016

    From Campaign US: On the heels of the fall 2016 primetime network scheduling announcements, let’s take a moment to assess the best and the worst of what the broadcasters — on any platform — offered this past season. As always, there was plenty of drama and comedy, though not all of it was intentional. See […]

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    Tips for surviving as a network president

    When I learned that Channing Dungey was replacing Paul Lee as ABC’s president of entertainment, my first thought was “that was fast.” After all, it was only 2010 that Lee stepped in for Stephen McPherson. But consider this: Within that six-year period, every one of the five broadcast networks has shuffled its entertainment president. So […]

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    It’s Time to Cancel Pilot Season

    One of the challenges the broadcast networks face is shaking off antiquated traditions. What worked in the past may not necessarily be the best way forward. But getting network to embrace change is not easy. As the way audiences consume content continues to evolve, digital platforms like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, and the cable nets […]

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    How ‘American Idol’ saved — then screwed — Fox

    Tonight marks the beginning of the end for “American Idol,” which Fox is finally quitting after a 15-season run. Though the relationship started out smashingly, with “Idol” propelling the network to ratings highs and perpetually “saving” the network upon its return every year, the breakup sees both parties walking away in rough shape. Once again, […]

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